NHL Preview: Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks

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The Calgary Flames roll into Orange County to take on the Anaheim Ducks tonight in a game that will at least provide the Ducks with someone different on the other end of the ice. Due to a strange scheduling quirk, the Ducks have played the Phoenix Coyotes for the past three consecutive games.

The Flames and Ducks both have streaks on their minds: Calgary wants to make it three wins a row and Anaheim wants to put up win number 10 in a row at home. These two teams last met at the end of January and Anaheim won 5-4.

Miikka Kiprusoff is back in action and it’s as if he didn’t miss a beat: he helped the Flames defeat the San Jose Sharks by a 4-1 score on March 6. He has a career 12-9-4, 2.46 goals-against average and .917 save percentage, plus three shutouts, against the Ducks. It’s very likely that he will be in net tonight.

Jarome Iginla is also great against Anaheim (28 goals, 30 assists, 61 games) and he’s building up his own streak: he’s scored at least one goal in the past three games after being very quiet for much of February. Alex Tanguay has 24 assists to go with nine goals in 37 games against the Ducks. Michael Cammalleri has good numbers as well–14 goals and 16 assists in 35 games overall. Curtis Glencross‘ output against Anaheim is a respectable eight goals and six assists in 16 games.

Calgary should keep an eye on Ryan Getzlaf. He leads the Ducks in all three scoring metrics right now, plus he signed a huge contract extension today and is especially adept at scoring at home.

This is the first of three games the Flames will play in California. Tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. Mountain (10:30 p.m. Eastern).


Emma Harger is an NHL Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook and add her to your network on Google.

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